“I’ve always wanted to ____________.”
“I dream about becoming a __________.”
“Do you think ____________ is a good idea?”
More and more I’m talking with moms and college students, friends, and other parents about stirrings and ideas swimming around inside their heads, and I notice a common theme- the desire to be validated and cheered. But it’s more than that; some of us are afraid that unless another person sees the same value in that crazy dream and gives permission or encouragement to pursue it, that maybe it’s not worth going for, and therefore should be ignored or shoved down.
And I’m here to tell you, if you’re waiting for someone to give you permission to (_________), PERMISSION GRANTED.
Yes! Do it!
Start that business.
Paint that art.
Write that book.
Teach those listening.
Invite that couple over.
Apologize to that person.
Clarify those words.
Open that Etsy shop.
Share what you are learning.
Go for that degree.
Perhaps, deep down, you are wondering if maybe your idea or passion isn’t good enough because it’s not yet recognized, or followed by millions, or given a title. I get it. That can be a struggle of mine too. But that’s not true. Your idea or passion is good enough to pursue because it’s yours and He is a fan of YOU.
He already granted you permission to live fully when He created YOU:
YOU are a child of God. – John 1:12
YOU are accepted. – Romans 15:7
YOU have been given fullness in Christ. – Colossians 2:10
YOU are created in His image. – Genesis 1:27
YOU are set apart. – Jeremiah 1:5
YOU are a part of the body of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 1:27
YOU are chosen. – 1 Peter 2:9
YOU are not alone. – Hebrews 13:5
And to live fully is to go for who He made YOU to be.
Let me ask you this: Does your idea come without force? Do you feel alive at the thought? Can you help but not think about it?
Who cares if there are a million other blogs. Start yours.
Who cares if there are a ton of therapists in the world. Someone hurting will benefit from your insight.
Who cares if everyone and their mom is creative- don’t compare your artistic perspective to another’s.
We are all created to shine our unique shade of the rainbow.
If comparison is the thief of joy, then doubt is the death of life abundant. This calling, these stirrings are your created self. And no one but you will feel them with quite the same tenacity and purpose because they are not you.
If you are waiting for a friend, or parent, or mentor to give you permission, to approve and champion your dreams, will you start regardless, or stop altogether? Is that okay with you? Are you content looking back and wondering what could have happened?
I didn’t think so.
Slow and steady births perseverance but a “flash in the pan” is easily forgotten. There are many who stop when the cheering shifts focus, but faithful is the soul who says, “I was made for this.”
So go. Go on with your bad self. Fuel your calling and learn, ask, and seek wisdom and constructive criticism, but remember that this is your calling, this is your journey, and this is the story He is writing in you. And you have permission to rock it. And you will. And falling and getting back up will inspire you even more.
I, for one, am cheering wildly for you. And I’ll happily remind you on the days when you need permission.